I will probably xfire the 5770 later down the road and I'm not sure which MB to purchase. I'm looking for the 100ish price point (no more than 140) I was looking at boards with the AMD 790FX, AMD 790GX and AMD 790X North bridges... I haven't been able to find a quality FX MB in my price range, and I'm concerned with the downgrade to 8x pci-e if I crossfire with the GX or X ... I've read that the 8x vs 16x differences are less than 10% (which is acceptable) but all the places where I've read that are a few years old... any suggestions? In addition any memory suggestions, the timing stuff is all greek to me. Thanks for your help!
they are mostly refurbished motherboard that haven't be re certified for use and most of the time newegg won't take it back
in the 4 links you provided i would go with the Gigabyte
however, it might be more expensive
the difference between Crossfire at dual 8x and 16x is around 10 percent if i recall correctly
hrmm I didnt know they were sticklers on the open box... definitely something to take into consideration... I'm leaning pretty heavily towards that Gigabyte, glad that was your recommendation... I figure 10% is something I can live with when I crossfire...
as for memory... I've never used g.skill or OCZ. Everyone seems to swear by them, whats the straight dope the way you see them?
but the reviews are all over the spectrum and therefore worrisome... i figure its cheapest with decent timings, and I can burn it in for a day using memtest to make sure its not bunk... do you have any input on that or does that sound logical?